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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1903, Part II
([1903])

Report of the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes,   pp. 1-190 ff. PDF (101.5 MB)


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COMMISSION TO THE FIVE CIVILIZED TRIBES. 
and freedmen of the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations. These sched- 
ules have from timne to time been submitted to the Secretary of the 
Interior for approval. 
The preparation of such enrollment records as were necessary for 
use in the Choctaw and Chickasaw land offices, soon to be established, 
was also begun immediately upon the ratification of the supplemental 
agreement. 
As soon as a date had been fixed terminating the time for the recep- 
tion of applications for identification as Mississippi Choctaws, an 
increased activity in this branch of the work became apparent. Throngs 
of applicants, many of whom came from distant States, presented them- 
selves at the general office of the Commission, the recording of whose 
applications materially increased the work and necessitated an aug- 
mented stenographic force. A vast majority of these applicants were 
apparently white persons and negroes, who based their claims solely 
upon alleged Indian descent, but bore little or no trace of Indian blood.
CHOCTAWS. 
The total number of applicants for enrollment as members of the 
Choctaw tribe of Indians (not including Mississippi Choctaws), which 
may not be increased, is 21,441. While original applications were 
made to the Commission for the enrollment of nearly all these appli- 
cants prior to July 1, 1902, supplemental testimony has been taken in 
a large number of cases during the past fiscal year. 
There were received during the year 114 original applications for 
enrollment as citizens by blood of the Choctaw Nation, embracing 122 
persons. The original applications of 125 persons for enrollment as 
citizens by intermarriage of the Choctaw Nation were also presented. 
Applications for the enrollment of 607 children born since the appli- 
cations of their parents for enrollment as citizens by blood of the 
Choctaw Nation have been received, filed, and entered of record, proper 
evidence of birth being submitted in each case. 
In addition to the applications enumerated above, there were also 
received 5 applications for enrollment as citizens by blood of the Choc-
taw Nation, embracing 10 persons, who had neither been recognized 
nor enrolled by the Choctaw tribal authorities, nor duly and lawfully 
admitted to citizenship in said nation by-the legally constituted author-
ities, which applications have been disposed of under the provisions 
of the act of Congress of May 31, 1900. (Appendix No. 1, p. 77.) 
Proofs of death of 1,445 applicants for enrollment as citizens by 
blood of the Choctaw Nation who died prior to September 25, 1902, 
have been received, filed, and entered of record during the year. 
In accordance with the provision of the act of Congress approved 
July 1, 1902, hereinbefore quoted, the Commission has prepared 
schedules containing the names of 14,918 citizens by blood of the 
Choctaw Nation, whose final enrollment has been approved by the 
Secretary of the Interior. There have also been prepared schedules 
containing the names of 205 citizens by intermarriage of the Choctaw 
Nation whose final enrollment has likewise been approved by-the Sec- 
retary of the Interior. 
In the preparation of schedules or partial rolls of citizens of the 
Choctaw Nation for Departmental approval, written decisions have 
been dispensed with in those cases where the applicants were identified 
upon all the tribal rolls of the Choctaw Nation in the possession of 
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